Wednesday, 24 May 2017

BILT ANZ - Adelaide May 2017 Day 01 Summary

I must say that I am quite impressed by the BILT ANZ event being hosted in Adelaide from today through to Saturday. I was sceptical as I have been involved in hundreds of events (both in attendance and speaking) over the years and being a local (originally form Adelaide) I was hesitant in attending but felt it would be a good opportunity to understand the changes from the RTC events to BILT. 

I can honestly say I am very impressed so far. 

This has been such a wonderful mix of speakers and informative sessions covering process, education and technologies supporting BIM. Connecting with the global BIM Community, both from the process and technical side, meeting with old friends, making new ones and then ultimately learning and understanding current conditions in industry has been hugely beneficial for me as a consultant. 

The planning, the facilities, the location and the overall orchestration of the event is brilliant and I would highly recommend attending if you have not in the past. My thoughts are to attend at least one BILT event annually either in ANZ, the US or Europe and ensure i support what is ultimately a great group of people trying to change an industry and move it toward digital methods. 

Well done to the organisers. I look forward to the next few days. 


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Growing a Diverse Workforce - Why, How and What.

Many years ago (or so it seems) I was baffled by the lack of women in senior construction roles, but even more shocked by the small number of Women specifically in BIM related roles. Coupled with the fact I sat on numerous meetings, design side, contractors side, client side, as a lone entity wondering where the hell all the other women were!


The moment I moved into a consulting position- I found this was still a huge issue and not only in the BIM space but across all areas of the Built Environment sector and wanted to raise awareness and understand why this was happening.  


Following several years of growing the cause, and the support via very few individuals across industry I found that there were so few women I knew in these roles to try to grow a cause was very difficult.


We therefore tried to come together incrementally to support this – with people jumping in and out as they could all for the greater good.


I am so passionate about this that with some exciting help last year we were able to commit a full and excited team of people as the core members. We supported the creation of a database and now the way forward is to collate this information and drive growth globally to raise awareness.


You ask how?


The way in which this can be achieved is via the following:


  1. Support from Industry- we need to raise awarness so please keep sharing our website, and database links to all the Women you know in BIM related roles.
  2. Connect these women! We are in a position to now connect, although many of our members are based in the UK, the aim is to grow this incentive and push it to a global workforce.
  3. Provide an opportunity to discuss our three main objectives on a deddicated platform for Women in BIM members.


Please support us, help us and create an opportunity for us to be able to do this.




Saturday, 4 February 2017

To be a Fellow...

On Friday I gained my FCIOB.  


FCIOB is the highest grade of membership with the Chartered institute of building (CIOB).


The CIOB headquarters are based out of the UK but they have members all over the world. They are the worlds largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership and have a far reach globally.


It made me think about what it means to be a fellow.


A few things that I discovered regarding why it was important for myself and my business to gain Fellowship were the following:  


  1. Recognition of Achievement.
  2. Demonstration of Leadership.
  3. Improving Profile.
  4. Relationship with CIOB.


As a member, I feel passionate that the title will promote my desire to change the industry. To change how we work, design, construct and ultimately manage built assets. The accreditation was not one for me, but for my ability to be able to support this change. I feel that with this I can continue to support and grow my passion of a diverse workforce, one which does not discriminate and one which supports working in more collaborative ways.


Personally, this is an incredible achievement and one I want to share with my family and friends – not for accolade, but purely to support me in changing the way we work and ultimately grow an industry that benefits from technologies, new ways of working and an open and collaborative culture.


For me this means that I can continue to help to drive change throughout the AEC sector and to encourage young women to believe they can do and be whatever they please.



Saturday, 29 October 2016

The Truth about Time

My blog and writing is regarding digital construction and BIM. But sometimes, and when the time is right, its important to talk about things that may require more attention. The attention I refer to is the importance of time. The time we live, the time we talk, the time we interact and have with people. Time. How often we all forget just how important a simple concept can be.


I have fallen victim to the concept, running around, worrying, working, travelling. I had forgotten one important thing - Time. Time goes by when we don’t even realize it is. Time moves so quickly that we don’t see it passing and sometimes forget it was even there. How such an important concept can become lost on people is incredible, even to me.


So today, I spent time, time to talk, to look around, to spend with people I love, time to acknowledge just how incredibly precious life is. Time to acknowledge that without these memories the importance of life is lost.


Sometimes we forget to see it.


Don’t forget that the time we have with family, friends, loved ones, and people that mean so much to us is so precious that without the memories we will lose out on the importance of one thing. Life. Life is about memories etched in single moments of time. This time can be nothing to you today, but one day you will see how important it is.


Take time to do things, without saying you’ll do them. Just do them. Take time to talk to people, parents, children, friends, cousins, colleagues. Listen to them. Listen intently. Acknowledge what they say and how they say it. Listen so closely that the memory of a conversation or an experience can remain etched in your memory forever and until you no longer have that time anymore.


Regardless of where you are and what area of your life you are in, this simple concept will bring joy to you when you take a moment to enjoy it. This not only applies to the important personal relationships we have, but also to our professional lives. Taking time to listen, acknowledge and respond means more than anything in this ever rapidly changing world.